An estimated 2,217 students tested positive for coronavirus in 351 schools across the country since school resumed.
Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, made this known in an address to the media at the Information Ministry in Accra yesterday.
He stated that between June 14 and 16, 2021, three students were presented to the Achimota School sickbay with influenza-like symptoms.
He added that all three students were investigated for Covid-19 in line with laid down protocols and all tested positive, prompting the activation of the Public Health Emergency Rapid Response Teams of the Greater Accra and the Okaikoi North Municipal of the Ghana Health Service.
The GHS boss added that the students were isolated following exiting protocols, and said that other symptomatic students and contacts were identified, listed and also tested for Covid-19.
He said “as of July 3, 2021, 843 students and staff had been sampled. 348 are boarding students. 459 are day students. 36 teaching and non-teaching staff have been tested.”
Out of the available results for 550 samples, he said there were 135 total positive tests from the Achimota School.
He noted that currently total cases recorded in Ghana were 96,402 and recoveries stood at 93,987.
He said total tests done including those from the Kotoka International Airport were 1,297,568.
According to him, active cases were 1,619, and overall positivity, he said, was 7.4% with a total of 796 deaths so far.
80 cases per day in Ghana were being recorded, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye said and added that there has been an increase in Covid-19 cases across Africa.
He said there 3.7 million recorded cases across the continent, with 91,000 deaths.
By Melvin Tarlue